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UK reveals new agricultural support scheme

# The United Kingdom has revealed its long-awaited replacement of the European Union’s agricultural support scheme, with new subsidies available for farmers to boost sustainable food production and protect the environment. Under the new plans unveiled by Environment secretary Steve Barclay, farmers will be paid for actions taken to maintain habitats and for using new technology to increase yields. The system replaces the EU’s Basic Payment Scheme, which automatically provided income support for farmers as long as they adhered to rules on human and animal health and welfare, plant health, and the environment.